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Giving in the news – Week of 07.23.07


* Foundation announced 20 organizations in 10 countries as global grant recipients; awarded Community Action Team, Dollars for Doers, grants to support employees’ contributions to 46 nonprofits.

* Starkey Hearing Foundation presented over 100 new hearing aids to hearing-impaired children, adults, in San Francisco area.

* Rasmuson Foundation awarded $8.3 million over five years to Anchorage, Alaska, parks and recreation system, benefiting five separate projects.

* Phi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women launched partnership with First Book to contribute $250,000 and sponsor distribution of 200,000 new books to disadvantaged children nationwide.

* Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Legacy of Excellence Campaign of George Washington University received $5 million from Morton and Grace Bender, $5 million from Philip and Gail Amsterdam.

* Hollins University, Roanoke, Va., announced creation of Claudia W. Belk International Scholarship Fund, providing Hollins students extended opportunities abroad.

* Figueroa Family of Westchester, N.Y., gave $1 million to Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, enabling exceptional undergraduates to participate in expanded international travel, field studies.

* Margot and Robert Keith donated $1.5 million to Robert C. Young, M.D., Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia.

* Seattle Opera has received three gifts totaling $21.5 million from long-time supporters: Gerard L. (Jerry) Hanauer, John and Laurel Nesholm along with the Nesholm Foundation, Susanne F. Hubbach.

* Foundation for the Mid South, on behalf of The Baxter International Foundation Health Recovery Fund, awarded grants totaling $98,687 to Family and Youth Counseling Agency, and Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center.

* The Rasmuson Foundation awarded total of $7.56 million in grants to 14 state-wide nonprofits, $2.77 million for foundation-initiated projects.

* Verizon Wireless donated $5,000 to Maryland’s House of Ruth Shelter, $5 for each of 1,000 unused cell phones brought to ball game at Camden Yards, Laurel M.D.; Baltimore Orioles matched donation for total of $10,000.

* Leonard H. Lavin, founder, Alberto-Culver Company, pledged additional $2 million to San Diego State University Entrepreneurial Management Center, adding to original $1 million.

* Citizens Bank pledged $200,000 over three years to Enterprise Center’s Project Great Potential Program, eight-week business training program for young, male minorities.

* NBC, Telemundo New York television stations, to award $400,000 in grants from NBC Universal Foundation to seven nonprofits in the tri-sate area working with middle, high school students.

* Center for Food and Justice at Occidental College, Los Angeles, received $2.34 million grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to link local farms with nationwide school cafeterias to improve student nutrition.

* Jane’s Trust awarded two-year $400,000 grant for capital support, repairs, restoration to Citi Performing Arts Center; The Boston Foundation awarded Center $225,000 grant for strategic alliance initiative.

* Weinberg Foundation, Baltimore, held luncheon for Employee Giving Program, engaging employees in grantmaking process, awarded $10,000 grant to each of 17 nonprofits.

* Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, received $50 million commitment from O. Wayne Rollins Foundation and Grace Crum Rollins for expansion and to attract faculty, students.

* CVS All Kids Can, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust program, announced $1.1 million pledge to Help Build Boundless Playgrounds Across America, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles in 2008.

* University of Missouri-Colombia received $100,000 gift from Leucadia National Corporation to establish Robert P. Brock Fund in Financial Excellence.

* Summa Health System, Ohio, departments of Oncology, Psychiatry, received $2.5 million gift for first endowed chairs, to be used for ongoing clinical research.

* NBC Universal Foundation awarded total of $1.25 million in grants to nonprofits in six major U.S. cities as part of commitment to improve secondary education in underserved communities.

* Oregon Community Foundation announced that Portland’s Weston Investment Company LLC donated Commonwealth Building, valued at estimated $30 million, to OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation.

* Chicago metro area to receive $1 million in funding from American Express under community-based Partners in Preservation Initiative, community to participate by voting for favorite landmark as winning historic site.

* W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded $400,000 grant to America’s Promise Alliance in support of “15 in 5” campaign to improve lives of 15 million disadvantaged youth over 5 years.

* National League of Cities, Washington, D.C., received three-year $1.275 million grant from Wallace Foundation to provide information about how cities can support high-quality out-of-school learning for children.

* Caregiving Project for Older Americans and MetLife Foundation selected 12 community colleges across country to receive up to $25,000 each to create or enhance home-based caregiver training programs for professional and family caregivers.

* Free the Children, network of children helping children, received five-year commitment from Gibson Foundation, philanthropic arm of Gibson Guitars, to build five eight-room schools in five Chinese provinces.

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